March 28, 2017
Erica Broberg Smith, of Smith River Kitchens, Talks About the State of the Kitchen Today
Exploring the Dramatic Changes That Have Given Us Today's Kitchen Designs From Smith River Kitchens.
by Erica Brogerg Smith
THE STATE OF THE KITCHEN
The world of kitchen design has changed radically in the past ten years. After decades of neglect, kitchen and cabinet design is finally being embraced and accepted by architects as one of the best design opportunities with a residential project. This era began when architects jumped in to create hidden seamless kitchen appliances, within a wall of luxurious veneers. After a few shelter magazine features, Pinterest, and Instagram shares, the trend travelled the world digitally.
Erica and Scott Smith, as the co-owners of Smith River Kitchens (based in East Hampton, NY and Rumson, NJ),
have been waiting for the residential design industry to arrive to where it is today. ?"?Our company, Smith River Kitchens, has been around for a healthy fifteen years now," says architect Erica Broberg Smith. "?We design, supply and install the kitchens for most of my architectural practice projects, other architects, interior designers, and homeowners. In addition to being an architect with a residential practice, I had worked for years at Foodservice Facilities International as a kitchen designer for commercial and corporate kitchens. Commercial kitchens are highly technical with efficiency of movement and safety being of utmost importance. This philosophy inspired and challenged me to create the most efficient and beautiful residential kitchens out there."?
From the outset, Erica and Scott offered to design every kitchen in every project they could. At that time, very few architects were interested in kitchen design and happily hired Smith River to fill in the blank rectangle labeled 'kitchen' on their plans. The Smiths quickly realized that there was a significant business opportunity in residential kitchen design due to this hole in the market.
Why An Architect-Designed Kitchen Makes All the Difference
An architect-designed kitchen is very different from ?resorting to a? standard kitchen showroom. Why? The details are fully flushed out, with no fillers, gaps and odd spaces. Every upper and lower lines up perfectly. Symmetry rules! Proportions are analyzed, materials are fretted over. Handles, knobs, hinges are all matched in finish and style. Appliances are chosen with the client for quality, use and overall design. The views from room to room are well thought out and the kitchen seamlessly ties into the overall architectural design. Bringing in a separate kitchen design firm is essentially bringing in another designer. You know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen!?
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